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From Orlando it takes about 50-55 minutes to get to the Plant City exit on I-4. ( I take Alexander St) Once you get off the interstate it takes about 20-25 min to get to Alafia and another 7-10 min to get to Boyette. (You have to pass Alafia to get to Boyette but they are very close) I like to do a lap at Boyette and then a lap at Alafia before going home... :thumbsup:
 

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pointerDixie214 said:
Not too far, although probably closer to Alafia and Santos depending on where in Orlando...

They are all great trails, and all very different from one another.
From where I live in the east Orlando area, Santos and Alafia are about the same distance but opposite directions. Both take about 80 min to get to.
 

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Thanks man! Im even pondering going over to Carter Road this weekend of course thats pending on my cranks being fixed. Broke a crank thats been given me trouble for a few weeks. Finally came off out at Deleon Springs which totally sucked because we were having some fun! Have to see what these XT cranks will do for me. Thanks bud. Have to hook up and ride sometime but im a little slow. Peace
 

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jayjudy13 said:
From Orlando it takes about 50-55 minutes to get to the Plant City exit on I-4. ( I take Alexander St) Once you get off the interstate it takes about 20-25 min to get to Alafia and another 7-10 min to get to Boyette. (You have to pass Alafia to get to Boyette but they are very close) I like to do a lap at Boyette and then a lap at Alafia before going home... :thumbsup:
Don't you have to pass Boyette to get to Alafia from I-4??

Yeah, both places are very different from each other and Carter is different yet.

The last time I was in Orlando, I think I got to Carter in 50 minutes. I've only been to Alafia and Boyette from Clearwater and I don't remember how long the drive was exactly, but they're only about twenty minutes from each other.
 

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NYrr496 said:
Don't you have to pass Boyette to get to Alafia from I-4??

Yeah, both places are very different from each other and Carter is different yet.

The last time I was in Orlando, I think I got to Carter in 50 minutes. I've only been to Alafia and Boyette from Clearwater and I don't remember how long the drive was exactly, but they're only about twenty minutes from each other.
No exact opposite... You take highway 39 (Alexander St. is the truck route for 39) in Plant City from I-4... you will pass Alafia before getting to the road to turn (Pick-nick its called I think?) to get to Boyette. Boyette and Alafia are about 6 or 7 miles apart, so it shouldn't take 20 min...

Anyway, all are fun and well worth the drive from Otown. :thumbsup:
 

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Memorial Day Wknd Rides Alafia, Balm, Carter or Loyce?

FL MTB friends,
Headed out from San Fran to visit family in Lakeland and Port Charlotte. Had the pleasure of riding Alafia a few years back :thumbsup: . Thinking to do a few days of riding this trip and bag Central/SW FL's best. That is if I can hang with the heat and humidity. Wanted to know if anyone is doing a ride out at Balm Boyette between May 26th-29th. Seems like that is a good one to ride with someone who knows the place to get the most out of it. Also interested in riding with folks at the other parks if there are rides going on there too. Cheers!
 

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Alafia and Boyette are about 1 mile away from each other as the crow flies; however there is no entrance to boyette from 39 (yet). You would have to go north on 39 for about 2-3 miles and turn left on Lithia Pinecrest for about 4 miles or so, then left on Boyette and follow it to the left when it quasi dead ends (another 4 miles or so).

Boyette is a roadie training ground whereas Alafia is full of root/rock technical...yes boyette has that awesome long trail with drops and climbs that will knock your socks off (ridgeline) but that's about it when it comes to super technical fun (IMO).

Either is overall fun, but I prefer Alafia.
 

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I've ridden Alafia and agree it is rooty/techy/super fun. Will likely put that as a part of my three day riding itninerary

Keep reading/hearing mixed reviews on Boyette. A lot of people say it's way underrated. So I guess I will need to ride and decide for myself

That said: I'd love to join any local riders doing a ride at Boyette, especially ones calling it underrated, around Memorial Day weekend

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join anyone doing rides at Alafia, CarterRd/Loyce in Lakeland.

Hit me up if you care to guide a visitor.
 

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cgarolr said:
Alafia and Boyette are about 1 mile away from each other as the crow flies; however there is no entrance to boyette from 39 (yet). You would have to go north on 39 for about 2-3 miles and turn left on Lithia Pinecrest for about 4 miles or so, then left on Boyette and follow it to the left when it quasi dead ends (another 4 miles or so).

Boyette is a roadie training ground whereas Alafia is full of root/rock technical...yes boyette has that awesome long trail with drops and climbs that will knock your socks off (ridgeline) but that's about it when it comes to super technical fun (IMO).

Either is overall fun, but I prefer Alafia.
That may be the long way to get from Alafia to Boyette. Try continuing south on 39. After a mile or less, turn right on 672. Go about 4 or 5 miles, turn right on Balm Boyette road. The entrance is maybe a mile up the road.

I would disagree about the roadie comment, more like XC racer training ground. Boyette is great if you like to go fast and/or pedal a lot.
 

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That's why it's fun to ride Boyette in the AM when you're ready to put in the miles, and Alafia in the afternoon of the same day to get some good technical stuff.

Both are really really great trails.

Ridgeline is my favorite though by far.
 

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pointerDixie214 said:
Ridgeline is my favorite though by far.
That's the only reason I even go to Boyette....however, I ride with a bunch of SSs who aren't in shape and don't care to go on long long mileage rides...we like to get in, get out and be done in under 2 hours...

That being said, if I had the time to ride more, I would definitely ride Boyette more, as Ridgeline is great - I just like jumps and drops (catching air drops, not simple "plunges", which are few and far between at Boyette, which is why I prefer Alafia at the moment.

Thanks for the advice on going down to 672...never knew that! Thanks!
 

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both trails are great... Boyette is more of a roady course for sure... I hav a 29er HT and a FS 26... 29er goes to boyette with me, and 26 to Alifia because it is technical... i ride the road bike all week though...

Personally, I like Boyette better, but it depends on what you like better...
 
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